Student Leadership Programme
Brooksian Leadership Framework
Vision and Mission
In Northbrooks, we believe all students can be leaders. We define leadership as service – a service for a purpose that leads to a greater good. The act of leadership is influence – inspiring others to believe and act in for that purpose and hence the focus of leadership is people. The committee adopts a 3P tiered approach (1. Personal 2. Peer 3. People) towards leadership development for this limited timeframe when Brooksians passed through the gates of Northbrooks.
This tiered approach is based on the sphere of influence of leadership which believes that positive and influential leadership is to be built upon strength in character so that greater good can be achieved. As such, in Tier 1, the individual focuses on personal development in the acquisition of the school’s GIFTED values and Self-Management in preparation for their transit to higher levels of leadership beyond Northbrooks. In Tier 2, the individual will have built a strong character foundation and possess leadership potential. We define leadership potential as having traits such as hence is able to acquire leadership skills to positively influence her peers. In Tier 3, the individual is able to inspire and rally her community in making a positive impact in the larger community.
The leadership development curriculum, known as Brooksian Leadership model, is designed based on the 3H (Heart, Head, and Hand) outcomes. The curriculum aim to nurture student leaders who are anchored in the school’s GIFTED values with the Heart to Serve (adapted from Servant Leadership by Robert Greenleaf, 1977), possessed the Champion Mindset in their Heads, and empowered with the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership (adapted from The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner, 1987) in their Hands. The Student Leadership team believes that every student leader needs to be developed in the following sequence:
Developing the heart to serve first
Growing with a Growth Mindset of knowledge
Equipping with the skillsets to serve
3P Tier Approach
There is a need to tier student leaders into different categories so as to track their developmental progress and to customise programmes at targeted group of students. The tier-ing of Student Leaders takes close reference to the leadership domain in LEAPS 2.0
Student Leaders 3H Outcomes
||Leading themselves to do the right thing
||Empathy: Understanding Others
||Leading by example
||Conflict management skills
Facilitation and public speaking skills
||Develop awareness of others and the needs of the community
||Rally the school
||Leading in planning and executing school wide events
||Develop traits of servant leadership: The use of negotiation with persuasion in decision-making
||Leading people to impact the community
||Leading in planning and facilitate school wide/ community events
|Emerging Leaders Programme
||N6 Student Leaders Conference
|Pinnacle Leaders Programme
||N6 Cluster Orienteering
Greenleaf, R.K. (1997) The Servant as Leader.
Kouzes, J & Posner, B (2012) Five Exemplary Practices of Student Leadership.
Dweck, C (2006) Mindset The new psychology of success.
Professional Development for Teachers
The Student Leadership team takes teacher training seriously and actively role model continuous learning for our Student Leaders. The teachers have undergone training workshops in experiential learning facilitation and visual facilitation so as to cascade these skills to the Student Leaders.
The teachers are also kept abreast with the youth development scene in Singapore through its learning journey to MOX, a collaborative entrepreneurship company. During the visit, teachers caught a glimpse of synergistic possibilities and how leadership is operationalised in local start-up firms.